Pray IV Reign

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Pray IV Reign
Studio album by Jim Jones
Released March 24, 2009
Recorded 2007-2009
Genre Hip Hop
Length 74:45
Label E1, Columbia, Sony
Producer Jim Jones (exec.), Damon Dash (co-exec.), Ron Browz, Chink Santana, Ryan Leslie, No I.D., TrackSlayerz, Supa Dave West, Magnedo7, Young Yonny, Lemael Ervin, Triple-A, Teraike "Chris Styles" Crawford, Ayinde "Cylla" Thomas, Young Seph , ILLFONICS
Jim Jones chronology
Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)
(2006)
Pray IV Reign
(2009)
The Rooftop
(2009)
Deluxe Edition cover
Singles from Pray IV Reign
  1. "Pop Champagne"
    Released: September 4, 2008
  2. "Na Na Nana Na Na"
    Released: January 1, 2009
  3. "Precious"
    Released: March 3, 2009 (promotional single)
  4. "Frenemies"
    Released: March 17, 2009 (promotional single)

Pray IV Reign is the fourth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Jim Jones, released on March 24, 2009, under E1, Columbia and Sony Music Entertainment.[1] The album, his first not to be released under Diplomat Records, also serves as his first under a major record label. The album includes production from Ron Browz, Chink Santana, No I.D., Ryan Leslie, Michael Crawford, Triple-A and Young Seph. Jones' fourth album also features guest appearances from Ron Browz, Juelz Santana, NOE, Mel Matrix, Rell, Ludacris, Ryan Leslie, Chink Santana, Bree-Beauty, Starr, Rowana, Oshy, Twista and Lil Wayne.

Background[edit]

The album, The album was originally titled Back 2 Back, was his first album with Columbia Records.[2] The album cover was photographed by Thi Chien. There are several different album covers. The first version is the original cover, the second, third and fourth are all the original cover, but with different colored backgrounds, such as red, green and blue. The fifth cover is the Deluxe Edition with a close up of Jim Jones' face.

Music[edit]

In a 2008 listening session, a few tracks were revealed.[3] The "Intro" was originally titled "Across 110th Street" and "How to Be a Boss" was originally titled "Follow this Blueprint". On the sixth track, titled "Frienemies", Jones' addresses his strained relationships with Cam'ron and Max B.[4] "My My My" is a song he recorded his deceased friend Stack Bundles.[5] Jim Jones says he likes to call this track "Emotionless Pt. 2", referring to a previous single of his taken from his third album Hustler's P.O.M.E. (2006). According to Jim Jones, "My My My" is one of the hardest songs for him perform because of his emotions. The passing of friend and fellow American rapper Stack Bundles, was one of the main inspirations for the album Pray IV Reign.[6]

A track that was rumored to be on the album was the remix to MGMT's "Electric Feel":[7]

They did a show [at United Palace Theater] up in Washington Heights, the initial conversation was just that it was an honor to meet them, I think they're kinna cool. And from there it led into me saying, It'd be crazy if I remixed "Electric Feel". They were like, Yeah, that would be crazy. So I said, Let me get the beats and shit.

A bonus track on the album was "Jackin' Swagga from Us" featuring Twista, Lil Wayne and NOE, a direct diss to Jay-Z and T.I. mocking their song "Swagga Like Us".[8]

Release and promotion[edit]

On July 8, 2008, Jones' released a song titled "The Good Shit", featuring production from Ron Browz and a guest appearance from fellow ByrdGang member NOE.[9][10] It was intended to be the album's first single when it was titled Back 2 Back, but was instead used for promotional purposes.[11]

"Pop Champagne", a song Jones recorded with Ron Browz and Dipset cohort Juelz Santana, was leaked online in the summer of 2008. It quickly became a club banger and hit single, peaking at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was released as the album's lead single on September 4, 2008. The song proved to be Jones' second most successful single to date, behind his 2006 hit "We Fly High".

In October 2008, Jim Jones released a promotional video for the album, rapping his verse on his remix to Kid Cudi's "Day 'n' Nite".[12] Jim Jones initially wanted to release the album on December 9, which was coincidentally the same date Jay-Z was going to release The Blueprint 3 and 50 Cent was going to release Before I Self Destruct.[13]

To promote the album, Jones worked with Damon Dash and director J. Kyle Manzay to stage the play Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones. The “Hip-Hop Monologues” is a musical theatrical experience, co-written by Jim Jones, using the music from Pray IV Reign, as the platform. An ensemble of professional actors portray various characters from Jones’ past, while Jones performed his new songs in the context of a scripted story. The two-day only play pulled in a packed audience of fans, media, and celebrities. Infused with a live band the performance "Gives you that live instrumentation feel — more like a real Broadway type of feel as opposed to just seeing a hip-hop track. So, you’ll get to hear both the real music from off of the album and then the band comes in and it takes over and it gives you that really funky feeling" said Jones of the play.[14]

On January 1, 2009 a song titled "Na Na Nana Na Na" was premiered and on February 17, was released to iTunes. It serves as the album's second single and features up-and-coming singer Brittney Taylor AKA Bree-Beauty. Jim Jones also teamed up with BET, to promote the album as well. On March 2, 2009, Jim Jones appeared on BET's 106 & Park to premiere the music video for "Na Na Nana Na Na". Later on in the show he announced that from March 2 to March 24, he wwould be announcing a new item out of his "Swag Bag". The goal for the fans was to keep track of all the items announced each day and once you've collected all the items, you had to log on to BET.com/JimJones on Friday, March 20 to enter the contest for a chance to win Jim Jones’ "Swag Bag". Who ever entered all 24 items correctly won the "Swag Bag" and its items.

Jones partnered with iTunes, which had a "Countdown to Jim Jones Pray IV Reign". On February 17, they released the second single "Na Na Nana Na Na". On March 3, they released "Precious" featuring vocals and production from Ryan Leslie, on March 17, the song titled "Frenemies" was released, and on March 24, the entire album was released. The lead single from Pray IV Reign, "Pop Champagne", which spent two weeks as America's #1 urban single, was also incorporated into the countdown and was already available for sale.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[15]
Artistdirect 3/5 stars[16]
Beats Per Millennium (5.3/10)[17]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[18]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[19]
PREFIXMAG.Com (4/10)[20]
RapReviews (8/10)[21]
Slant 2.5/5 stars[22]
Spin 3/5 stars[23]
XXL 4/5 stars(XL)[24]

XXL gave the album a 4/5, stating that the album is an extreme improvement with many heartfelt tracks, but many disappointments. XXL complimented the lead single, "Pop Champagne", "My My My", and the promo singles "Precious" and "Frenemies", but disliked the second single "Na Na Nana Na Na", "Pop Off" and "This Is the Life".

Alex Thornton of HopHopDX liked the songs "How to Be a Boss" with Ludacris saying it stole the show, "Precious" with Ryan Leslie and "My My My". He also liked the lead single "Pop Champagne" but like most critics he hated the second single "Na Na Nana Na Na"[19]

Commercial Performance[edit]

The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 with 42,982 copies sold in its first week released.[25]

Track listing[edit]

[26][27][28][29]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" (featuring Starr) Andre Parker, Aqueelah McCummings, Ernest Wilson, Gene McDaniels, Joseph Jones No I.D., Chink Santana (co.) 5:14
2. "Pulling Me Back" (featuring Chink Santana) Charles Bobino III, Demetri Duncan, Dexter Randall, Jones, Parker TrackSlayerz, Chink Santana (co.) 3:45
3. "Let It Out"   Dave West, Jones Supa Dave West 4:08
4. "How to Be a Boss" (featuring Ludacris, NOE & Busta Rhymes) Duane Bridgeford, Christopher Bridges, Jones, Rondell Turner, Trevor Smith, Jr. Ron Browz 5:07
5. "Medicine" (featuring NOE & Chink Santana) Bridgeford, Jones, Parker Chink Santana 5:36
6. "Frienemies"   Ernest Isley, Christopher Jasper, Jones, Marvin Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Parker, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley Chink Santana 4:16
7. "Precious" (featuring Ryan Leslie) Anthony Leslie, Jones, Parker Ryan Leslie 4:10
8. "Blow the Bank" (featuring Oshy & Starr) Jones, Michael Crawford, Thomas Byrd Magnedo7 3:46
9. "This Is for My Bitches" (featuring Oshy) Byrd, Jones, Ronald Ferebee Jr. The8thgraders, Lemael Ervin 3:44
10. "Girlfriend" (featuring Juelz Santana & Oshy) Bridgeford, Byrd, Jones, LaRon James, Parker Chink Santana 4:51
11. "This Is the Life" (featuring Starr) Bridgeford, Charles King, McCummings, Jones, Andre Atkins, Michael Floyd Triple-A 4:18
12. "My My My" (featuring Rawana) Ayinde Thomas, Jones, Teraike Crawford Chris Styles, Cylla 4:28
13. "Pop Off" (featuring NOE & Mel Matrix) Bridgeford, Jones, Joseph Holmes Young Seph 4:12
14. "Pop Champagne" (with Ron Browz featuring Juelz Santana) James, Jones, Turner Ron Browz 3:35
15. "Rain" (featuring Rell, NOE & Starr) Bridgeford, Gerrell Gaddis, Jones, Turner Ron Browz 5:33
16. "Na Na Nana Na Na" (featuring Bree-Beauty) Bridgeford, Brittney Taylor, Jed Cappelli, Jones, Matthew Friedman ILLFONICS 3:59
Notes

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[30] 9
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[31] 2
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums[32] 1

Pray IV Reign: The Mixtape[edit]

Pray IV Reign: The Mixtape
Mixtape by Jim Jones
Released March 3, 2009
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Hip hop
Label Columbia, Sony
Producer Harley Is Majik, Ryan Leslie
Jim Jones chronology
Jim Jones & Skull Gang Present A Tribute To Bad Santa Starring Mike Epps
(2008)
Pray IV Reign: The Mixtape
(2009)
Pray IV Reign
(2009)

Jim Jones released a mixtape, titled Pray IV Reign: The Mixtape, on March 3, 2009 to promote the album. Most of the songs on the mixtape are tracks that failed to make the album's final tracklisting.[33][34]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer Length
1. "Trippin" (featuring Laylee)   4:44
2. "Shorty" (featuring NOE & Rell)   5:39
3. "Religion"   Harley Is Majik 5:22
4. "Medicine" (featuring NOE & Chink Santana)   5:36
5. "Fast Money" (featuring Mel Matrix & Sandman)   4:02
6. "Uptown" (featuring Rell)   4:27
7. "Precious" (featuring Ryan Leslie) Ryan Leslie 4:10
8. "My Life" (featuring Chink Santana & NOE)   5:50
9. "Catch Up" (featuring Oshy)   2:28

Charts[edit]

Charts (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Top Rap Albums 11[35]
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 38[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pray IV Reign: Jim Jones: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  2. ^ Jim Jones preps Beck 2 Back, defsound.com.
  3. ^ Jim Jones "Pray For Reign" NY Album Listening Session
  4. ^ Jim Jones Preps "Pray For Reign"
  5. ^ "Jim Jones - My My My (video)
  6. ^ Jim Jones Sets His Sights On Broadway With 'Hip-Hop Monologues'
  7. ^ Jim Jones To Remix MGMT's "Electric Feel" On New Album
  8. ^ Jim Jones Explains His ‘Swagger Like Us’ Response
  9. ^ Jim Jones "Good Shit"
  10. ^ The Good Stuff, Amazon.com.
  11. ^ MySpace.com - Jim Jones - Harlem, New York - Hip Hop / Rap / R&B ...
  12. ^ Jim Jones “Day N Nite” Remix
  13. ^ Jim Jones Kick-Starts Major-Label Solo Debut With 'Pop Champagne' And A Hip-Hop Play
  14. ^ Hip Hop Monologues: Jim Jones
  15. ^ Jeffries, David (2009-03-24). "Pray IV Reign - Jim Jones". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  16. ^ "Pray IV Reign review - Jim Jones Review". ArtistDirect. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  17. ^ "Beats Per Millennium - Jim Jones: Pray IV Reign". Beatspermil.com. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  18. ^ Reviewed by Simon Vozick-Levinson (2009-03-25). "Pray IV Reign Review". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  19. ^ a b Thornton, Alex (2009-03-23). "Jim Jones - Pray IV Reign | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  20. ^ "Album Review: Jim Jones - Pray IV Reign | Prefix". Prefixmag.com. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  21. ^ "Jim Jones :: Pray IV Reign :: Columbia Records". Rapreviews.com. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  22. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/music_review.asp?ID=1690
  23. ^ link
  24. ^ "REVIEW: Jim Jones, Pray IV Reign". Xxlmag.Com. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  25. ^ Paine, Jake (2009-04-01). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/29/2009 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  26. ^ Official Tracklist confirmed on jimjonesofficial.com
  27. ^ Pray IV Reign by Jim Jones
  28. ^ Billboard.com - Discography - Jim Jones - Pray IV Reign
  29. ^ Credits | The Official Jim Jones Site
  30. ^ The Billboard 200-Pray IV Reign
  31. ^ Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums-Pray IV Reign
  32. ^ Top Rap Albums-Pray IV Reign
  33. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Mix-Tape-Lm-Jim-Jones/dp/B001V9OY6K/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1377127279&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Jim+Jones+-+Pray+IV+Reign+%28The+Mixtape%29
  34. ^ Pray IV Reign: The Mixtape
  35. ^ Top Rap Albums-Pray IV Reign: The Mixtape
  36. ^ Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums-Pray IV Reign: The Mixtape